Positive relaxation imagery
Step 1: Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed.
Step 2: If possible, reduce the level of lighting.
Step 3: Make yourself comfortable. Sit, or, if you like, lie down.
Step 4: Close your eyes and imagine your favourite place where you feel relaxed.
Step 5: Focus on the colours in your relaxing place.
Step 6: Now focus on one colour.
Step 7: Now focus on the sounds or silence in your place.
Step 8: Now focus on any smells or aromas in your relaxing place.
Step 9: Now imagine touching something in your relaxing place.
Step 10: When you are ready, open your eyes.
Palmer and Strickland suggest that if this method is practised on a regular basis, then most individuals become able to reach a relaxed state relatively quickly. It can also help individuals who are experiencing sleeping difficulties.
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